Lions enter playoffs ranked No. 8 in AFCA Coaches Poll
by JOSH MANCK, Texas A&M-Commerce
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Lions enter playoffs ranked No. 8 in AFCA Coaches Poll - LINK

WACO – The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team will enter the NCAA Division II Championship playoffs as the No. 8 team in the American Football Coaches' Association Division II Coaches' Poll, released Monday.

 

The Lions complete the regular season with a record of 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the Lone Star Conference with a 33-21 victory over Tarleton State to win the President's Cup for the fifth consecutive season. The Lions outgained the Texans 546-272 in the game and Kristov Martinez became the school's all-time leading scorer. He was a perfect 4-of-4 on field goal attempts, as well as making all three PATs. Those 15 points push his career total to 289, breaking the previous A&M-Commerce career record of 281 set by Billy Watkins (1990-93). Quarterback Luis Perez completed 34-of-50 passes for 482 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed passes to seven different receivers. Kieston Carter was named the LSC Defensive Player of the Week.

A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 38 consecutive AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll. This is A&M-Commerce's 44th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.

 

The Lions are the fifth seed in Super Region Four for the NCAA Division II Football Championship. A&M-Commerce will travel to fourth-seeded (and 12th-ranked in the AFCA poll) Winona State for the regional quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, at WSU's Altira Federal Credit Union Stadium.

 

2017 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' Poll – November 14, 2017

Rank

School (1st votes)

Rec.

Pts.

Prev.

1.

Minnesota St. (22)

11-0

834

1

2.

Shepherd (W.Va.) (7)

10-0

800

2

3.

Indiana (Pa.) (2)

11-0

778

3

4.

Fort Hays St. (Kan.) (3)

11-0

730

5

5.

Midwestern St. (Texas)

9-0

720

4

6.

Indianapolis (Ind.)

11-0

672

6

7.

Central Washington

11-0

661

7

8.

A&M-COMMERCE

9-1

602

8t

9.

Ashland (Ohio)

10-1

584

10

10.

Ferris St. (Mich.)

9-1

542

11

11.

Virginia St.

10-0

514

15

12.

Winona St. (Minn.)

10-1

471

17

13.

Northwest Missouri St.

9-2

359

18

14.

Bowie St. (Md.)

9-1

353

19

15.

Assumption (Mass.)

9-1

333

8t

16.

Wingate (N.C.)

9-1

285

12

17.

West Alabama

9-2

272

22

18.

Sioux Falls (S.D.)

9-2

268

13

19.

Shippensburg (Pa.)

10-1

261

25

20.

Colorado St.-Pueblo

9-2

223

23

21.

Humboldt St. (Calif.)

8-2

174

16

22.

Colorado Mesa

9-2

147

14

23.

Minnesota-Duluth

9-2

108

NR

24.

Eastern New Mexico

8-2

90

20

25.

Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)

9-2

72

NR



Dropped Out: Findlay (Ohio) (21), West Georgia (24)

 

Others Receiving Votes: Findlay (Ohio), 49; California (Pa.), 40; Catawba (N.C.), 35; Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 18; Delta St. (Miss.), 12; West Georgia, 10; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 9; Harding (Ark.), 9; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 4; West Florida, 4; Central Missouri, 3; Kutztown (Pa.), 1; LIU-Post (N.Y.), 1; Ohio Dominican, 1; Tuskegee (Ala.), 1.



 

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